The Wrecks

The Wrecks

Mainland, The Technicolors

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm


Following the tumultuous loss of his father and finishing college, Jordan Topf singer/guitarist of Mainland scraped together enough money to buy a van and set out with the band on a two and a half week tour across America. It was an escape from everything that had encapsulated the last 4 years of excitement, struggle, and ambition. Each night a new city, new faces, boundless freedom, a creative turning point for the band's modern take on New York Proto-Punk (the precursors to punk). Despite personal troubles and uncertainty about the future, the group poured their inspiration into their new set of songs. While on tour in Austin, the band met Jim Eno (of Spoon) and began discussing plans to record the new songs at his studio Public Hi-Fi.

Upon the band's return to New York, unsure if their plans would come to fruition, the band continued to write and demo tirelessly. They chose 4 songs, their most furious, energetic, and unrestrained to date. When their plans to record at Public Hi-Fi were confirmed they set off once again for Austin Texas, this time by plane. Mainland's new EP "Shiner" is a confident first studio record. Recorded onto tape the band expands their sound, tying together concrete drums, punchy garage-rock guitar riffs, rhythmic synthesizers, and driving bass lines into catchy rock and roll songs. The sound of the record reflects it's various birthplaces. New York City, Austin, and the birthplace of the majority of the members California.
The Technicolors
The Technicolors
The Technicolors are a musically sophisticated young rock band hailing from Phoenix, Arizona, who blend grand gestures of rock-n-roll with the swagger of brit rock and the songwriting prowess of greats such as Roy Orbison, Noel Gallagher and George Harrison. Their ambitious debut album Listener Deluxe is set for release on November 13, 2012 on Bay Area indie label, Tallest Man Records.

The album was produced by 22-year-old lead singer, Brennan Smiley. Smiley grew up playing on records his father produced and had plans to move to Nashville to join the elite as a session musician, but fate had a different plan. Listener was recorded over a span of ten days in January at a new studio in Phoenix called Studio at the Farm. Fresh off the road, The Technicolors had found a new energy and were anxious to make their debut album with a solidifIed lineup of Mike "Nico" Nicolette (bass), Mikey Fanizza (guitar) an Kevin Prociw (drums) and Brennan (guitars and vocals). A Rock n Roll band from the desert.

The Technicolors spent 2011 hitting it hard, tirelessly touring the nation and finding their sound as a band. With driving electric guitar riffs and a flair for the dramatic, the band started gaining a reputation of being a good way.

"We would show up to these tiny bars with a lot of gear and get really loud. We love big songs," says Smiley.

Soon they were selling out small clubs in their hometown of Phoenix and packing out shows at the Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles and their showcase at SXSW was over capacity as a group of fans was forced to watch from outside the venue.

Citing influences like Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Bruce Springsteen, Led Zeppelin, Thin Lizzy, and the Travelling Wilburys, The Technicolors focused on creating a dynamic album of expansive songs that can be musically complex and artistic and still reach a vast amount of people. Listener weaves ambient electric guitar beds with searing solos punctuated with Smiley's ernest vocals reminiscent of Oasis and Wolfmother.

The result is a mature collection of effervescent rock songs that echo late night summer drives as a young vagabond who doesn't focus on the destination rather choosing to enjoy the journey at hand.

"Touring needs to be a lifestyle if you're going to keep up in this business", says Smiley. "And during the time that we're not touring, we'll be making records. It's just the minimum of what's expected this day and age, and we wouldn't have it any other way."
Venue Information:
Local 506
506 W. Franklin St
Chapel Hill, NC, 27516